Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

21st January 2015

Rich country imports from Bangladesh continue slide in November as Vietnam looks 2014’s big success story

Rich country garment imports from Bangladesh fell year on year in November for the third time in four months, as Bangladesh's sales to the EU continued to fall - though...

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17th January 2015

Hong Kong activists claim Luen Thai and Pacific Textile “putting workers’ lives in danger”

Hong Kong-based labour rights group Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (Sacom) launched a highly critical report on working conditions at Luen Thai and Pacific Textiles plants in Guangdong on...

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10th January 2015

Chinese garment industry “strikes” almost all protests at unpaid wages

Of 38 monitored "strikes and worker protests" monitored in China's garment and textile industry in the last three months of 2014, all but two were over wage or social security...

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1st January 2015

Guangdong collective bargaining rules, allowing strikes, come into effect

Rules on collective bargaining, giving the right to strike, came into effect in Guangdong province on January 1 - China's first real code of union rights.  Though the Regulations on Collective Contracts...

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27th December 2014

Two reactions to changes in China produce surprising results

A standard Chinese "garment industry's slowing down" story made a surprising contrast in mid-December. As an example of a Chinese business successfully manufacturing overseas, it quoted the Yuemai Group, based...

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22nd December 2014

Chinese minimum wage rises slow sharply in 2014

A third of Chinese regions failed to increase minimum wages in 2014, and those that did increased wages at the lowest rate for several years, the China Labour Bulletin reported...

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9th December 2014

Reliance Industries puts textiles into jv with China’s Ruyi

Reliance Industries - which became India's largest private company after pioneering its modern textile industry but tried to exit textiles in 2012 - announced on December 9 it would put...

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5th December 2014

November FlanaRant: Is poverty about to become history?

In the November FlanaRant I've had to confront a truly audacious claim. Poverty, the Boston Consulting Group seems to think, is about to become history. I'd argued in the October FlanaRant...

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3rd December 2014

Government corruption “worsening” in major garment exporting countries

Public perception of government and public-sector corruption has recently worsened in virtually all major garment-making countries, according to the 2014 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index. The Index scores public perceptions in...

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2nd December 2014

US adds Bangladeshi garments and Cambodian textiles to “forced and child labour” list

The US Department of Labor (DoL) on December 1 added Bangladeshi garments and Cambodian textiles to its to a list of goods that may be made with forced or child labour. The...

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12th November 2014

Textile discharge detoxification: Have China and Greenpeace created a tipping point – or does Rajasthan indicate a race to the bottom?

In my latest Flanarant, I suggest that - probably unconsciously - the Chinese government and Greenpeace have created a tipping point on the road to textile discharge detoxification in the...

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11th November 2014

Are we seeing the industry’s first social accountability tipping point?

In the decade or so I've been sharing my views in my monthly FlanaRant, one paradox has particularly puzzled me: Big apparel buyers have consistently laid down tight specifications for...

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